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a president who would be evaluated, like president obama, can you give me your forethought on obama? >> guest: one thing, and i hope this is not too annoying, if you are a true historian, the idea is that unlike current analyst who wait 30 or 40 years and get the documents that people did not see in real-time and also know how the story turned out so that you could gain ahistorical view -- i was we can do that with health care yet. i think on obama, what was your other question? >> host: bernie is now gone. he wanted to talk about presidential cowardice. >> guest: oh, yes, that's right. in my mind, the worst circle of hell should be for a president of doctors the issues of the most important time. if you're trying to think of an example, i think president buchanan would regret the top of the scale. because for four years he tried to dodge the issue of slavery. he didn't want to get involved. he didn't want to make himself unpopular. the result was that when it really came to a head in 1861, once abraham lincoln had the presidency, the conflict over slavery was four years were violent, four ye
evaluate president obama in terms of his health care program? would you consider that an exercise in presidential courage? >> guest: non obama -- i hope this is not too annoying. if you are a historian the idea is unlike current analysts you wade through 40 years and get the documents people did not see in real time and you know how the story turned out so you can and give essentially historical view with some retrospect which obviously we can't do with health care. the jury is out for historians on obama. what was your other question? >> host: bernie is gone. i thought he wanted to talk about presidential cowardice. >> guest: that is exactly right. the worst circle of hell should be reserved for a president who dodges the most important issues of his time and i think if you are trying to think of an example president buchanan would be at the top of the scale because the four years he tried to dodge the issue of slavery. didn't want to get involved or make himself unpopular and the results was when it came to a head in 1861 once abraham lincoln had the presidency the conflict over
know barack obama can be. but, look, i think it was mario cuomo -- although maybe he was quoting somebody else -- who said that you campaign in poetry, and you govern in prose. there's no question that the president has been governing in the prose in the part because -- in part because, um f he says white, the republicans say black or vice versa. and, um, i think it's been frustrating for those of us who hoped that there would be some level of major change. having said that, what is it joe biden says at fundraisers? general motors is alive, and saddam hussein is dead. and he thinks that should be good enough for the american people, and if i were a wagering woman, i would say that it willl be. >> host: have you ever voted for a republican? >> guest: yes. mil sent fenwick in new jersey who was running -- [laughter] who was running, i think, in a primary. that's the only time i voted for a republican -- >> host: the little pipe. >> guest: yeah. she was really a piece of work. and if i lived in maine, i certainly think i would have voted for olympia snowe. i think one of the saddest
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